The BBC is reporting that Tony Blair has claimed changing the education system is “one of the most difficult things” for a government but supported the idea of the private sector running “for-profit” state schools.
…Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum, Mr Blair said that when he was in office there had been a “rhythm” to the government’s attempts to push through changes in education.
“When you first propose it, people tell you it’s a terrible thing. When you’re doing it, it’s hell, and after you’ve done it, you wish you’d done more of it.”
Mr Blair told the education conference that he had found widespread support for the principle of education reform, but “not when the reform comes to them”.
He called for a greater range of groups to be involved in running schools and for greater use of technology.
And he did not rule out the idea of using the private sector to run for-profit schools if they “can come in and run schools effectively”.
He said that the public sector is “not good at innovating” and would benefit from a more diverse range of partners to experiment with different ways of delivering education.
“Nothing should stand in the way” of trying to improve schools, he said.
And he called on the current education ministers to “scour the world” for the ideas that worked best.
“Governments always make the mistake of thinking their problems are unique,” he said…
Interesting comments from Tony Blair that sound, perhaps surprisingly, far more radical than anything we hear from the current Conservative administration (although it’s not clear if the comments on for-profit schools was aimed at this country or elsewhere).
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